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Kinderhook village considering options for power providers

Dec 02, 2019 1:45 pm
Emilia Teasdale is reporting for The Columbia Paper the Kinderhook Village Board has entered into an agreement to join a Community Choice Aggregation which, as of now, includes the cities of Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs and Watervliet, the towns of Bethlehem, Guilderland, Knox, New Scotland and Niskayuna, as well as the village of Voorheesville. At the board's November 14 meeting, the public heard from a representative of the local development corporation, Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance, who explained what a CCA is and its impact on village residents' electricity bills. A CCA can offer better electric rates and price stability, as well as providing access to 100 percent renewable electricity. Katy Vescio, the MEGA representative, said, “Acting as a group gets a much better deal,” although she did stress that residents would not be saving “boatloads of money.” Vescio also said National Grid will still control the poles and equipment that delivers the electricity. The village must pass a local law this winter to move forward with the agreement. Vescio also said the board does not have to join the CCA after passing the local law, and the village can decide not to move forward even after the local law is adopted. Vescio will make another presentation on the CCA, 7 p.m., Wed., Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at Van Buren Hall, 6 Chatham Street. The sessions are open to all residents. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.
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